Stephen Partridge

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Stephen Partridge (aka Steve Partridge)
Born (1953-03-19)March 19, 1953
Leicester, England
Nationality England English
Education Maidstone College of Art, Maidstone
Royal College of Art, London
Known for Video art, Photography
Notable work Monitor (1975)
Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno (2010)
Movement Video Art

Stephen Partridge (born 1953) is an English video artist [1] who studied under David Hall and his career as an artist, academic and researcher, helped to establish video as an art form in the UK.[2][3]

Life and work[edit]

Stephen Partridge attended Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art. He was in the "landmark" video shows of the 1970s including "The Video Show" at the Serpentine in 1975, the "Video Show" at the Tate Gallery London in 1976 (where he exhibited the installation "8x8x8" [4][5][6]), the Paris Biennalle in 1977 and The Kitchen in New York in 1979. During the eighties he exhibited widely and also became interested in works for broadcast television and was commissioned by Channel 4 television to produce "Dialogue for Two Players" in 1984,[7] and "The Sounds of These Words", again for Channel 4 in 1989.[8] The latter work was one of 19 productions for Channel 4 produced by his production company Fields and Frames Productions, under the series title TV Interventions which were designed to intervene in the broadcast schedule. Other commissioned artists included David Hall, Bruce McLean, David Cunningham, Ian Breakwell[9][10]

In 1976 he co founded London Video Arts in collaboration with David Critchley, Stuart Marshall, David Hall, Tamara Krikorian and others. This acted as a promotional agency, an artist-led workshop and a distribution service.[11] Hall and Partridge left the steering group of LVA in 1979 after a disagreement on future policy over non-selectivity distribution and promotion of artists' works.[12]

He is an academic researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) and his major research projects include REWIND| Artists’ Video in the 70s & 80s and REWIND Italia: Italian Video art in the 1970s & 1980s. In 1984 he established The Television Workshop[13] at DJCAD to support artists and filmmakers' production and access to high-level broadcast technology including the Quantel Paintbox. Over 400 productions were supported in this way from 1984- 1992 until desktop video pre-empted the need. Artists and filmmakers using the workshop included Jeff Keen, Robert Cahen, Tamara Krikorian and many others.

His most recent work was a collaboration with Elaine Shemilt, "Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno", a HiDefinition Video installation. Exhibited in Fuoriluogo 15 - Una Regressione Motivata, Limiti Inchiusi Arte Contemporanea, Campobasso, Molise, Italy. December 2010, January 2011. The exhibition included work by Fausto Colavecchia (IT), Douglas Gordon (GB), and was curated by Deirdre MacKenna, Director of Stills - Scotland’s centre for photography in Edinburgh. In 2012 he was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Caledonian European Research Fellowship to study and research in Italy.

In November 2014, TATE London, bought his seminal work Monitor (1974) as an installation. It was selected for their 2014-16 re-hang at TATE Britain, BP Walk through British Art. [14]


  1. ^ "Union List of Artist Names",
  2. ^ "A Century of Artists' Film in Great Britain ", Exhibition at Tate Britain
  3. ^ "A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain, 1897-2004" David Curtis, (BFI Publishing 2006)
  4. ^ Diverse Practices: A Critical Reader on British Video Art edited by Julia Knight (University of Luton/Arts Council England, 1996), page 177
  5. ^ The Problematic of Video Art in the Museum 1968-1990 by Cyrus Manasseh (Cambria Press, 2009), pages 25,36, 101-105, 125
  6. ^ "Art Now Lightbox", Exhibition at Tate Britain
  7. ^ "Dialogue for Two Players "
  8. ^ "Video Art, A Guided Tour " Catherine Elwes, (I B Taurus, 2005) page 134
  9. ^ VIDEO ART: the early years
  10. ^ BFI Database
  11. ^ "A History of Video Art" Chris Meigh-Andrews, (Berg 2006), page 56
  12. ^ "Reaching Audiences Distribution and Promotion of Alternative Moving Image" Julia Knight and Peter Thomas, Intellect (2012), page 146
  13. ^ The Television Workshop
  14. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

  • Official web site [2]
  • REWIND Research Online Database [3]
  • REWIND Facebook Page [4]
  • Interview with Stephen Partridge [5]
  • REWIND + PLAY - DVD Anthology of Early British Video Art [6]

Writings by Stephen Partridge[edit]

  • A Kick in the Eye, Book chapter in Expanded Cinema, (David Curtis, A. L. Rees, Duncan White, and Steven Ball, eds), Tate Publishing, 2011 [7]
  • Video: Incorporeal, Incorporated, Book chapter in Experimental Film and Video, Jackie Hatfield, Editor. (John Libbey Publishing, 2006; distributed in North America by Indiana University Press) [8]
  • A Small Survey of Early Works. Book chapter in Retrospektiv-Film-org videokunst| Norge 1960-90. Edited by Farhad Kalantary & Linn Lervik. Atopia Stiftelse, Oslo, (April 2011). [9]
  • REWIND: British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s, (Sean Cubitt, and Stephen Partridge, eds), John Libbey Publishing, 2012. [10]
  • " REWIND | Italia, Early Video Art in Italy: I primi anni della videoarte in Italia. Leuzzi, L. (ed.) & Partridge, S. (ed.) 2016 New Barnet: John Libbey Publishing. 352 p. [11]